Summer in the City

The playground near our apartment has sprinklers. Rule is they are turned on between Memorial Day and Labor Day on days where the temperature hits 80 degrees or more.

Maddie loves the sprinklers. Last year she still wasn’t walking but she still loved to sit in the spray, fill up her bucket and splash.

This summer she’s up and around and she loves it even more.  She fills her bucket, splashes it around and especially loves to watch other kids running around.

Here’s a picture from today’s outing:

Big Girl Bed

So tonight, this happened:

I’m going to be honest: I cried a little.  It’s going by so fast! Where did my little baby girl go?

Meanwhile, I really hope that we didn’t make a big mistake starting her out in the new bed on a Sunday night.  It occurred to me, too late of course, that it would have been better to move her into it last night or even Friday night.  Oh well.  So far it seems to be going okay.

Sam has moved into the crib. He fell right asleep.  Now I just hope if he wakes up in the night (highly likely) he won’t wake her up.

Snow Day!

I’m kind of over the snow.  But it was fun taking Maddie out in it for a bit today.  At first she said “I don’t like snow.” (Join the club, sweetie.)  But after a few minutes she kind of got into it.

Check it out:

Funny Farm

We made our annual Labor Day trek to Maryland to visit our friends Rick and Wen-Fei Uva on their farm. (See posts from previous years here and here.)  It was very fun.  You can see all the photos here and here are a few highlights:

Friday: We arrive and the Uva children, Pearl (5) and Isaac (3) are fascinated by my huge belly. Isaac wants to know why I’m having another baby. I answer “I don’t know.” Inquisitive Issac also asked if we have tractors and golf carts (which Rick uses to get around the farm) at our house.

Then Preston makes everyone pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil. The Uvas also cook up some fresh squash. The “farm to fork” concept takes on a whole new meaning when the farm is the backyard. After dinner Preston and Rick head out to check on the irrigation system. I’m glad when Preston comes back without injury.

Saturday: Farm life is demanding and the Uva family needs to head out very early in the morning to sell their goodies at local farmer’s markets. Preston, Maddie and I start our day with breakfast at Jimmy’s Grille where I have grits and Maddie scams extra watermelon from the waitress. Then we head to Ocean City, Maryland. Best part of the day was sitting on the boardwalk eating Thrasher’s French fries. Preston took Maddie on the carousel, but she was having nothing to do with the horse. He ended up sitting on a bench instead. That she seemed to find amusing enough. Saturday night was a delicious dinner of Maryland crabs back at the Uvas.

Sunday: Beach day! We went to a nice beach in Delaware that is on the bay side, so the surf is gentle and there are lots of sandbars for the kids to play on. We quickly learn that Maddie will not touch sand. At all. She loves the water, and if we hold her in the water and let her splash it in such a way that she does not have to touch sand she is happy. Harder to do than it sounds. Maddie had a great time and really loved playing with Pearl and Isaac. She takes to shrieking “Kids! Kids! Kids!” over and over whenever they do something she finds amusing.

Monday: Headed home, loaded down with basil, watermelon, squash and more.

New England Aquarium

We went to the New England Aquarium today with Auntie Tracy (my sister) and Zeydee Forman (Preston’s dad).  Preston says the last time he was there was high school (circa 1987).  I can’t remember when I was last there.

It was very fun and Madeline loved it.  She learned new words: “fish” and “turtles.”  Of course when the stingray swam by she said “bird!” From her perspective it makes sense — they look a lot more like birds than fish.  Mainly though she just laughed and shrieked and pointed.  Life is good when you are well-loved 20-month-old.

After the visit we went to Legal Seafood for lunch.  My sister asked if it’s wrong that a visit to the aquarium makes you hungry for fish.

All this was followed by swimming at Nana’s house.

I’m too tired/lazy to upload photos here.  But they are all up on Picasa.  Go there now and look.  We got great photos of Maddie, of course.  But also some really nice pictures of seals, penguins, jellyfish and turtles.  And then some great photos of Maddie impersonating a fish in my parent’s pool.